Three-Way Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

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Option #1: Balsamic Roasted Vegetables (Base recipe)

Enough sliced (as uniformly in size as possible) vegetables to fill a rimmed cookie sheet, slightly overlapping (red potatoes, green beans, onions, zucchini, squash, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, etc.)
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2-3 T olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp each black pepper and garlic powder
fresh/dried herbs (optional)

Move oven rack to the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a heavy rimmed (preferably light-colored to prevent burnage) cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Add the vegetables and garlic to the pan. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar, and sprinkle the salt, black pepper and garlic powder over top. Add herbs, if using. Using your hands, mix the vegetables until everything is coated, then arrange them as evenly as possible. It's OK if they overlap some. Roast for 35-40 minutes, until vegetables are cooked through and browned in spots. Remove from the oven.Transfer to a platter and dish up.

Option #2: Balsamic Roasted Vegetables with Fresh Cheese

additional ingredients:
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
1/4 c grated Italian cheese blend

Roast vegetables as directed above. Transfer roasted vegetables to a 9x13 baking dish, sprinkle cheese over top, and broil for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Option #3: Balsamic Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Pitas

additional ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied or pounded thin
¼ c. oil (olive if possible)
2 T. balsamic vinegar
3 T. water
2 T. Italian seasoning
4 pitas, halved
any vinaigrette or Italian dressing
shredded Parmesan or Italian blend cheese

(Several hours in advance) Combine chicken, oil, vinegar, water, and Italian seasoning in a plastic resealable bag. Mush it a bit to ensure the chicken is coated, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

Roast vegetables as directed above. Meanwhile preheat a BBQ grill (or nonstick skillet) to medium-high heat. Grill (or saute) chicken until thoroughly cooked, flipping once, about 8-10 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing into strips.

Fill pitas with roasted vegetables, strips of chicken, a drizzle of vinaigrette and a sprinkle of cheese.

Makes 8 pita halves.